On March 26 under the big tents at Atlantic Station The Atlanta High Museum celebrated the Vintner’s Reception, prelude the final event: The Wine Auction. The 19th Annual Wine Auction was the culmination of four days of wine and food celebration that included:
- Exclusive Winemaker’s wine a food pairing dinners in various Atlanta top restaurants.
- The Artist Dinner: Featuring artist Thomas And Vanessa Arvid at their studio with the culinary creations of acclaimed chef Johannes Klapdohr paired with delicious wines from Shafer Vineyards.
- Winemaker Dinners-At home with perfection, where Atlanta must beautiful homes opened their doors to amazing winemakers, top chefs and very privileged guests.
- Exclusive wine tasting for the Trade.
- Premier Tasting Seminars.
- Friday Night Fête: Fine wine evening with delectable dinner, the Winemakers and a class act band.
The Vintner’s Reception included over over 90 wine stations and 100 wineries to choose from and 34 stations of local restaurants, including 4th and Swift, Bocado, Canoe, Iberian Pig, Nava, Parish, Sotto Sotto and Woodfire Grill. At wine station #68 Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker for Epoch Estate Wines was pouring their 2008 vintage wines:
2008 Authenticity: (100% Syrah): This wine is aged 22 months in barrel with 52% new French oak, it offers fresh aromas of blue/red flowers, plum compote, blackberries with hints of mineral, vanilla, smoke and spices. This is a well-balanced and complex wine that shows layered flavors of ripe dark berries, brown spices and red currants with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, pepper and mineral. This is a powerful but elegant wine with crisp tannins and a fruit forward peppery long finish. Enjoy this wine with roasted or smoked meats, pasta with meat sauce or rosemary rotisserie chicken. This wine retails for $55.
2008 Ingenuity: (61% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 14% Petite Sirah, 8% Mourvedre): This wine is aged 22 months in barrel with 32% French new oak. This gratifying red blend of Rhone varieties plus Petite Sirah is made with estate planted fruit, it has aromas of dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry, black cherry and plums), cassis, white flowers, freshly crushed black pepper, brown spices and river rocks. On the palate this wine feels robust but refine with great structure. The concentrated dark fruit flavors are perfectly integrated with the sweet tannins and silky texture. You can enjoy layered flavors of ripe dark berries, dark cherry, licorice, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper that lingers into a long finish. Enjoy this wine with roasted beef, grilled lamb or duck, bison burgers or a whole roasted chicken. This wine retails for $55.
2008 Tempranillo (100% Tempranillo): This is a very notable version of the variety which is rare to see it shine outside its native Spain. This is a very good wine, sweeter than your usual Tempranillo wine; it shows beautifully balanced aromas, flavors and texture. This wine express a fragrant bouquet of cherry jam, dark berries, rose petals and herbs de Provance. On the palate you enjoy sweet raspberries and blackberries, sweet vanilla round up with great mineral notes. The silky tannins gives this wine a soft texture, pointing to a long fruit driven finish. Pair this wine with your favorite chicken and pork dishes (avoid creamy sauces), pasta with red sauce, roasted turkey and mild cheeses. This wine retails for $50.
In Atlanta Epoch Wines are distributed by Prime Wine and Spirits, you can find their wines at your favorite wine retail store like, The Wine Cellars, Niko’s Wine Corner, Perrine’s Wine, All Y’ alls Wines, J’s Beverage Depot, Ansley Wine Merchants, Halls of Fine Wines, Sherlock’s Wine, Mac’s Beer and Wine, Decatur Wine and Spirits, HopCity Craft Beer and Wine, Tower Wine and Spirits, Total Wine, Green’s and The Dekalb Farmer’s Market.